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We've got several new things in the pipeline, including a revamp of the cinema section which should make it better looking and easier to navigate, hopefully increasing the number of times your movies are watched.
There has been much debate regarding the '3D' rendered plugins recently. It would seem that many people want to see more 2D plugins, such as the light and flame effects. With the time fast approaching when we shall be surrounded once more by swords and wizards and trolls and orcs, as the Winter release dates of Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers draw ever closer, this is a good time to stock up on our magic, energy and light effects.
If all plugin makers could start to focus their considerable efforts upon creating Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings themed plugins it would be greatly appreciated by the team.
By ensuring we have a good selection of magical plugins available by Harry Potter's November release we can be sure to guard against whatever perils await us in the Chamber of Secrets.
We have a little longer to prepare for Sauron's return, but if we have enough plugins inspired by the books and films by December we should be able to hold our own against the Dark Lord...
We'll be handing out prizes for the best Harry Potter effect and the best Lord of the Rings effect. There are also plans afoot for a fantasy-themed short film competition as we draw nearer to Christmas. We'll also be using the best effects in our upcoming promotional trailers, so get your wizard hats on and start conjuring!
Some ideas for The Lord of the Rings effects:
- The Eye of Sauron
The glow of Sting (Frodo's sword)
Balrog flame effects
The flame of Anor, as wielded by Gandalf on the bridge of Khazad-Dum
Gandalf's glowing staff (as seen in Moria)
The Balrog's sword and whip
The One Ring
Some ideas for Harry Potter effects:
- Various magic effects as seen in the wand shop and lessons
The Golden Snitch
Various other Quidditch-related effects
View the trailers for the new films:
For more information, try the official movie sites: